Examining Independent Study High Schools in California

By Vanessa Barrat, BethAnn Berliner

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This study, prepared by Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), examines California’s independent study high schools, alternative schools in which 75 percent or more of students in grades 9–12 are enrolled in full-time independent study. The authors describe enrollment trends in California independent study high schools and the targeted student populations. The study also contrasts the student and school characteristics as well as teacher qualifications with those of other nontraditional and traditional high schools.

In addition to the full report, a two-page synopsis, Independent Study High Schools: An Alternative to the Traditional Classroom, is available.

Information about the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) system and other REL publications can be found at the National Regional Educational Laboratory Program.

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